Well, the people of Minneapolis are really scared of Global Warming. They must LOVE the Minnesota winters and outdoor curling. They have gone ahead and banned drive-thru lanes from all newly-built restaurants. Yes, as reported in that GW-neutral weather channel website, drive-thru lanes are being sacrificed for the good of the entire planet.
One of my favorite sources of reason in this world is Thomas Sowell, whose advice I remember is “and what about stage two?”. (His Applied Economics should be taught as a semester Econ course in high school.) In other words, the intentions of one’s recommendation may be noble, but what happens next is a question that is rarely considered. People react to change. Has a dollar-a-pack cigarette tax ever raised the expected amount of tax revenue? No, people smoke less or avoid the tax via black market. The world is dynamic. In this case, what are the consequences of this ban?
First, any reasonable person would say “we need at least twice the parking spaces now that people are coming inside. Cars are in drive-thru lanes for 5 minutes, but inside for three times as long. So triple the parking area. At least. Plus, more ordering registers are needed. I did not realize that Minneapolis had so much extra property in the city confines.
The next issue is oblivious to the left: children. The left just don’t have many, so they don’t think of how a mother is going to yank three kids out of car seats, gather all of their needs and diaper bags, safely traipse them into the McDonalds or Chick-Fil-A in winter through the iced and snowed parking lot, (or through the rain…I mean, those 10,000 lakes did not get that way from sunshine) then stand in line with them to wait to place an order, apologize profusely to other customers for their behavior (acting like children, that is), and somehow carry the family’s order and drinks to a table, which of course is hard to find because of the influx of inside customers. Now, I have to admit, my hypothesis suffers here because at Chick-Fil-A, the order would be brought to the table by a gracious employee who would entertain the two-year-old, so let’s assume a place NOT Chick-Fil-A, okay? There is a reason that pharmacies added drive-thru lanes, Minneapolis. Think!
So, we now have restaurants needing to have larger buildings with larger parking lots. Let’s move on.
So, what comes next? Who benefits? The grocery stores, maybe, which offer home delivery and store outdoor pickup options. These simply move the pollution to the delivery people’s vehicles or the pickup lanes. Home delivery from restaurants eats up (sorry) any savings because someone in some vehicle is still doing the delivery.
So, am I the only one stumped at finding some positive aspect of this ban? Please let me know what you think below.